The Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver was started in 1986 by a group of volunteers led by Mike Harding, who recognized a need in our community for a way to honor Clark County veterans and knew that a Veterans Parade would fulfill that need.
With assistance and support from then Vancouver Barracks Commander Royce Pollard and City of Vancouver Mayor Bruce Hagensen, Mike and his committee of fellow veterans produced the first Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver in 1986. Jerry Bloss and Fred Robertson took over as co-chairs of the planning committee during the parade’s fifth year, and led the production of the parade for nearly two decades. Through rain, sun and even snow, dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in ensuring our community recognizes and honors our veterans at the annual Veterans Parade.
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is now honored to host this parade, which is one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned Veterans Parades on the West Coast. We extend special thanks to our sponsors who help make this event available to the community. While the Trust is now responsible for the organization of the parade, dedicated volunteers, such as John McIlvain, our parade chairman, and our valued sponsors continue to be responsible for making the parade a success!
We hope to see you at the parade – rain or shine!
Important links for Parade Participants:
Google map and directions